Cerritos Valley Chr.-Paraclete in Mid Valley Division final?

Fred J. Robledo

The top two-ranked teams in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division might feel more like underdogs in the second round on Friday. Top-seeded Monrovia (11-0) is at defending champion Paraclete (7-4) a week after the Spirits dismantled La Puente in the first round, 45-0. Olympic League champion Cerritos Valley Christian (8-3), which beat Paraclete in the league finale, whipped La Ca ada 45-0 and will be at No. 2 San Dimas (10-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. With Whittier Christian’s 27-24 win over Mission Valley League champion Arroyo, the Olympic League went 3-0 in the first round.

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“They’re (Valley Christian) the real deal. We knew this was going to be one of our toughest games when the (pairings) came out,” Saints coach Bill Zernickow said. “They’re a spread offense, they like to run all that hurry-up, there are lots of screens, so you have to be prepared for it all. Their athletes are tall, quick and very skilled. We have our work cut out for sure.”

San Dimas will have a team breakfast following Thanksgiving practice and will hope to have a better second-round game than last year’s disaster at Rosemead, in which the Saints fumbled the ball three times in the first eight minutes and lost, 59-22.

“We absolutely love that we’re at home this time,” Zernickow said. “Last year was last year. You can’t turn the ball over much and win playoff football games.

“If we play San Dimas football and hold on to the football a little bit, our defense and special teams have been good enough all season. We do all the little things, we have a good chance of advancing.”

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  • WONKA

    I believe that Monrovia will overcome the conditions and distractions of Thanksgiving and eventually win this game. I think this game will be a lot closer than the other game. This is by far the most intriguing game in the division. On the bottom half of the bracket i see Cerritos Valley Christian beating San Dimas. CVC are an overpowering team that totally shut down i high scoring La Canada team. I really think that people underestimate the strength of the Olympic league because nobody see’s them play they are the only league that is not in our area. The other two games i see San Marino beating a over hyped Azusa team and Whittier Christian beating Baldwin Park. Just to throw it out there i see CVC beating San Marino in the semis ending their magical season and Monrovia beating Whittier Christian. In the finals i see a slugfest with CVC winning the title and a second straight Olympic league champion as our CIF champion

  • WONKA

    I believe that Monrovia will overcome the conditions and distractions of Thanksgiving and eventually win this game. I think this game will be a lot closer than the other game. This is by far the most intriguing game in the division. On the bottom half of the bracket i see Cerritos Valley Christian beating San Dimas. CVC are an overpowering team that totally shut down i high scoring La Canada team. I really think that people underestimate the strength of the Olympic league because nobody see’s them play they are the only league that is not in our area. The other two games i see San Marino beating a over hyped Azusa team and Whittier Christian beating Baldwin Park. Just to throw it out there i see CVC beating San Marino in the semis ending their magical season and Monrovia beating Whittier Christian. In the finals i see a slugfest with CVC winning the title and a second straight Olympic league champion as our CIF champion

  • New York

    Wonka,

    I was so close to agreeing until the last game. By the way, I don’t see any suggestions that people overlook the Olympic League. If anything, the Olympic League receives a ton of respect from other Mid-Valley teams. They house the defending and champ and then there is some mystery because they are out of the area.

    By the way Miguel, get ready for some justifiable heat for this thread…you are featuring an out of area team in the title rather than of the non-Monrovia local teams who are also competing this week!

  • Big Football Fanatic

    WONKA-
    Put your glasses back on because you “SEE” poorly!

  • Philly B

    Wonka
    No one underestimates the Olympic league for the last time. I hope i dont have to address that again. I totally agree with you on how Azusa is overhyped, They’ll put up a fight it wont be a blowout, but San Marino’s long drives and pick-ups of first downs like they’re delivery boys will be too much for the aztecs and they wont have enough time to keep up with the score.
    Also if Monrovia beats paraclete, remember I said IF, Than I think they have enough to knock off Valley if those two were to meet in the finals. They run the spread. We’ve seen T.C. run it, and monrovias defense took care of that! Sorry Goldenarm but it is what it is

    Miguel,
    New York is right, your gonna catch a bunch of heat on this thread. I mean where the thread for san marino, you always got them all hyped up before league, they are in the playoffs and they have a more than likely chance of goin to the semi-finals. but you wanna post a thread from fred…..

  • WONKA

    Philly B,

    Remember that CVC is a much more high octane offense than us over here at TC. Monrovia did shut us down but with all due respect our all everything person Max Ruckle wasn’t healthy the second half of the season. Not taking anything away though because a win is a win. Second their defense is much better than TC’s. TC gave up the big play all year long they pretty much shut down the short running game and the only time Monrovia scored it was on a broken play or quick gash. San Marino will probably use TC’s plan from last year and run right thru Monrovia. azusa will win at one thing and thats all the hootin and hollering they do. They tried to intimidate TC and got smacked in the mouth i say SM runs thru them 42-13. Anyone else making the trek up to Lancaster this weekend?

  • Observantcat

    WONKA: With all due respect…Hmmm Max Ruckle was fine in the Monrovia game. I think we just had his number. A team like CVC just has a better overall offensive game plan, but they still loose to a higher power running offense and a stingier defense from Monrovia, thats if they get by San Dimas. No one can really judge how good they are by shutting down LC. If by comparison Monrovia and CVC shut down a pass happy La Canada team. In a heads of match with the Cats Monrovia will have the edge in the depth category in the running game. The problem with comparing teams from other leagues is that there is no team like Monrovia in their league. You cannot be a one dimensional team and expect to exploit the Wildcats and win. Valley Christians running game is almost non existent. Monrovia will score and keep scoring forcing a passing frenzy of desperate proportion which will end up being several turnovers and 3 and outs. Paraclete will be a much more difficult match up for the Cats although I believe we have the personnel to expose them even at their Neighbors House.. Secret Weapon: Bubba Johnson, he will open up the run game for the Cats and Bueno and Ramirez will take it from there. I am not going to disrespect the winner of Baldwin Park and Whittier Christian and jump over them and into the finals, but this win will give the Cats the best preparation going into the final game.

  • Goldenarm

    O-cat

    WONKA is correct on this one. Not that it made a difference in the outcome of TC/M-town, but Max did not practice close to half the year. A nagging ankle injury never let up on him. He fought thru it, but the truth is in the stats.

    Arroyo 153 yds (plus 86yd td on kickoff, 51 yds pass recpt)
    Alhambra 140yds
    Arcadia 221 yds
    La Salle 228 yds
    LC 93
    Mtown 81
    Blair 47
    SP 36
    SM 37

    He had one 50 yd yard run against M-town, otherwise the stats would look worse.
    In retrospect I wish Max had sat out SM, he could not even cut and was slow, but Ruckle is nails and has been for 4 years – he gave it his best shot.

  • Goldenarm

    I am yanking out the IV, leaving ICU for Knight High School!
    OK – time to fire up Monrovia.

    Paraclete has 7 CIF titles
    Monrovia is 0-8 in CIF finals

    Paraclete’s defense is baaaaad!
    last two games….
    Paraclete 45 – La Canada 0
    Paraclete 45 La Puente 0

    This IS WITHOUT QUESTION the best team the Cats have faced this season.
    Monrovia can do it.

  • New York

    The role reversals between the second round matchup between Monrovia and Paraclete from two years ago to this Friday are striking:

    2007
    Paraclete 11-0, Monrovia 6-5
    Olympic #1 vs. Rio Hondo #2
    Parclete: Top Seed in division
    Monrovia: Unseeded
    Home Team: Monrovia
    Winning Team: Paraclete

    2009
    Monrovia 11-0, Paraclete 7-4
    RHL #1 vs. Olympic #2
    Monrovia: Top Seed in Division
    Paraclete: Unseeded
    Home team: Paraclete
    Winning team: If Monrovia wants to be a CIF champion, the next step is beating the defending champ at home. We would not have it any other way!

  • MVF

    Goldenarm,
    I agree with you that Paraclete’s D is baaaaad as you say but that is with thier top all CIF players from last year DE #51 and MLB #59. DE #51 out with injury and MLB #59 out because of getting ejected against LP(which in the kid’s defense was weak)makes them a good D but Monrovia will ware the replacements out in the log run.Paraclete is not deep enough to hang with Monrovia.Was at Valley/Paraclete and Clete’s D was taking it to Valley in the first half only allowing 3 points.Alot of turnovers and players having to go in and out because of injury or being tired took its toll and Valley came back and wore the down like I think Monrovia will.I give you this, thier staff does a great job with what the have I just don’t think it will be enough.I also think if Paraclete gets it done somehow, that they will have a good shot at repeating as C.I.F champs.

  • Goldenarm

    PhillyB,

    2 years ago if you told me TC would be running a spread offense against the ahletes M-town has…I would have said no way we are that ignorant.

    We can run a single back, Spread basic for the next decade and never beat Monrovia. The fundamental, slow and go, no mistake, ground pound, get physical and get downfield line attack is what TC has excelled at for many years. Call it obsolete, call it yesterday’s game, whatever. The truth is, that offense put TC in the playoffs 11 straight years and it suits the athletes who pass through Hitchcock field. It is an offense of unity, not individuals. It can humble those seeking stats to impress the world with. When ran at its best, it will keep you in the game against opponents capable of big plays and teams which outclass you in team speed. It will make any turnover your defense secures – a stake in the heart of your opponent.

    While the Rams had slices of brilliance this year and put points up…. I am unconvinced the offense as seen this year will ever be one as respected and consistently effective as the dinosaur we once had. We had a strong line, good receivers, damn good RB and a QB that could throw – and where did we end up? If a true run pass balance was ever established maybe the format would come around. Maybe it takes 6 years to integrate, maybe in 6 years the Rams will not resemble
    the Rams at all.

    Then again, I could be 100% wrong. Seeing the offense over on Huntington Drive though, I think not. The Titans offense scored on 6 of 8 possessions, and owned the clock in doing so. Not bad, Mr Mooney.

  • Romball

    GA,
    Football is football. IMAO a good coach has many faces and many hats. O coordinator, d coordinator…basically everything during the course of a game…but never all at once. I said this to say how can you defend against the spread, veer,whatever unless you can run them and vice versa for D. Basically, I agree with you.. You exploit your opponents weakness and impose your strengths on them. That’s football. There is nothing more disheartening to a DC or the players than smashmouth running,dive after dive. Give the spread a chance…you know what worked in the past maybe this will work in the future. Give your kids some credit and coaches.. For the first year running a completely new scheme your boys did well. I know it’s rough to see it happen in potentially the last year your son ever plays organized football..

    On to the frozen tundra of Palmdale. Haven’t seen Paraclete play but I am excited to face the defending champs. Hope the weather doesn’t play a huge factor. I lived in New England for 6 years and took 2 winters to become acclimated. Can’t imagine what it feels like to bump helmets when my ears are numb from the cold. Good luck to all. No injuries and may the best team prevail.

    Go Wildcats!!!

  • Philly B

    Goldenarm,
    I agree with you when it comes to T.C. previous to this year. Always had a good QB and a powerful or pretty speedy RB. And it has always worked for T.C. when I heard T.C. was running the spread I said similar words to what you said. But it took a few weeks for T.C. to really get a hold of it. When its ran to perfection its really fun to watch! But then again, when u see SM running what T.C. use to run and run it successfully, I can understand your pain and grief. I wouldnt call it yesterdays game, Id call it something that T.C. was just too good at. I believe its going to take a season or two to really get a hold of that style of offense. But Goldenarm, there is hop as Im sure you had to see throughout the season. The only way you can stop the spread is if your defense is quick fast and fly to the ball. Which Monrovia and SM are just that. But Dont worry have faith Goldenarm….but hurry because dont let South Pas start looking like they should be looking, and dont have La Canada have another stud at QB, or else it’ll be something like what happened this season.

    Go WILDCATS GET IT DONE THIS FRIDAY!!!

  • New York

    What happened to Desert Rat and spiritXpress? Let’s hear how things are looking up in the desert.

  • Desert Rat

    Seeing how everyone seemingly has it all figured out down in the SGV, there is no need to talk here. See you all Friday Night.

  • spirit Xpress

    sorry had to come down to the valley are computers are all frozen up here and so is everything else have a blessed drive up here see y’all friday.

    dress warm

  • New York

    And the winds are blowing 100 mph…haha. Nice one.

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